To make one thing clear, for once and forever: There is no such thing as
8-bit ASCII. ASCII is only 7 bits. Any 8-bit code is not ASCII, but that
doesn't mean it's not standard. ISO-8859-8 is standard, but not ASCII. Thanks!
The Hebrew encoding starts at 128d for Aleph. Therefore, encoding requires
8 bits. This is what you have on the Video card EPROM hardware fonts, all of
the Hebrew DOS based editors use this table (Qtext, HED, etc.).
This is 7-bit, and obsolete, as it occupies essentially the same ASCII
range as English lowercase letters. So, it is best avoided. However, when
ISO Hebrew gets its eighth bit stripped off by some ignorant Unix mail program
(so you get a jumble of English letters for the Hebrew part of your message
and the regular English, reversed or not, mixed in), you will get this, and
will need to transform it to PC or ISO. If there was English mixed in with
the Hebrew, this will be a sad situation, as you will either get Hebrew plus
jumble, or English plus jumble...